Written on the demise of
Ustaaz Wahiddun Khan (1925-2021)
Darkness has descended! The atmosphere has become bleak and
gloomy. A sun that dazzled for almost a century on the
horizons of this decadent ummah has set. But what a unique
rendezvous with destiny: its radiance will continue to
enlighten minds, warm hearts and stir souls.
Wahid Uddin Khan was a man with a mission. He was a prolific
author, a prodigious preacher and a voracious reader. He
travelled for the sake of learning and penned rare insights.
His writings and speeches bear ample testimony to his
astonishing commitment to personality development. He was a
sincere seeker of the truth. Simplicity was his unique
trademark. Humility came naturally to him. Positive thinking
was personified in him. He was a paragon of peace and the
originator of the famous “Hudaybiyah Principle.”
Yes, he had numerous qualities of head and heart. However, one
sterling trait of this sage stands out: his incredible concern
for humankind. If anyone wants to see sympathy, compassion and
concern in flesh and blood, he just needs to glance through
the life of this amazing person.
A voice that beckoned humanity to return to humanity has gone
silent. Wordsworth may once again rise up to say:
A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
In spring-time from the cuckoo bird
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the furthest Hebrides
Let this lone voice now become a crescendo. Let it strike more
chords! Let more strings reverberate and resound with the
message of a reformer who has now returned to his creator.
No nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands!